Back to FAQs Menu Tools and Equipment Planes Making Planes How do you make your curved sole plane? (Or small block plane) Making a Curve-soled Plane – Here it Comes! How do you make an iron for a small wooden plane? Making a Curve-soled Plane – The Cutting Iron Moulding Planes How do I sharpen […]

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[…] They were of course always dovetailed and at an antique shop or car boot sale (fleamarket) in the England you might find half a dozen or more. My friend Bill specializes in such pieces as well as many pine cabinets and cupboards and people buy these obsolete antiques as blanket chests and coffee tables […]

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[…] owning three or four of these is a practical solution if you are making chairs, which I do all the time. Often furniture makers and woodworkers like myself can be in the middle of a batch of chairs. they almost always have multiple angles and you need to retain record of the set angles […]

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[…] day long, as much as I can about planes and saws, without squares we could hardly function. They rule just about all tools used in woodworking. In my experience no one really talks about the humblest of all tools, the square. Almost all other tools woodworkers use cut wood in some way, but there […]

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A bevy of #151s in my arsenal of spokeshaves. In the minimalist tool kit is a spokeshave we refer to commonly as a #151 after the product numbering system used by the Stanley Rule and Level Company. This flat-bottomed spokeshave was another tool rejected by craftsmen for many years because it ‘stock’ to the […]

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Some of you asked about my fall front tool box and asked how it was made and for plans of it. It seems it would make a good wooodworkingmasterclasses series but a lot of the details are already in the tool chest build we did last year. I think the joiner’s toolbox Is a […]

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[…] Paul, Quick question for you (you may have gotten this one before.)  What is your take on shoulder planes?  I am a new-ish woodworker and I’m trying my very hardest to get into hand tool work, but one of the things I am struggling with is how to prioritize the tools that I buy.  […]

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[…] which part invades the other to your satisfaction. Not developing skills with hand tools leaves you completely dependent on machines and therein lies a problem. Come to my Masterclasses to find out why, and of course, how you can resolve it. Bit like “choose your weapon.” Some time back I considered where the break line […]

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[…] cut every time and any one of them will work of course. I own several different knives by accumulation and use them for appropriate functions depending on my need. Hand made knives can be lovely Some I have made, these are favourites designed for purpose and made from O1 steel with hardwood handles of […]

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  • mt on A Note About WoodTom, I feel your pain. The South West [TX] isn't doing any better. Paid $7.50 each for some 8' SYP 2x4's. Gets much higher and my next "just throwing something together quick" proj…
  • John on Prepping Wood III@Andrew, you want to regard how a tree grows - well not palms - but just about every other plant we call a "tree". Conifers and hardwoods are essentially a sequence of cones, each…
  • Andy Hastings on A Note About WoodAnother problem here in Northern California we have is the lack of air-dryed or even wet/green hardwoods. All I can find are slabs from small sawers sawn to 8/4. Nice stock for liv…
  • Andy Hastings on A Note About WoodHere in California we too are experiencing huge price increases. The industry has taken the bait and blames it on the virus. First they said they cut production as they thought the…
  • Dick Sargent on Why Shrink?This was required to try and maintain the proper balance of the prop.
  • Dick Sargent on Why Shrink?Years ago while studying to be an aircraft mechanic we were taught to store wooden propellers horizontally. The reason being that the most moisture would settle to the lower side o…
  • Jim Monette on I Rely on Two or Three Plain PlanesI have a Stanley#4 handyman, painted blue, from the sixties. Are the older Stanley #4s better than mine? Would my work benefit by getting an older version? Thanks.